Literature Review/Research paper


Literature Review/

Research Paper

Social Media Communities

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  • –  25 POINTS FOR WRITING/GRAMMARThis is the culmination of using course materials and some outside materials to build an overview of chosen topic stressed in your Literature Review Paper Proposal. Visit The Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for some great guidance on the writing process. This a combo of aspects of a term or research paper with a literature review.

    • APA Guide: apa_formatting_and_style_guide/general_format.html.

    • List of reputable sources:

    Paper Layout and What to Turn In

    1. Within your chosen topic, how have social media communities been built, sustained, or managed by our networked system?
    2. Include at least five course related concepts from course material (like big data, digital ethics etc…). Define social. Define communities. Define social media. Include a theory from the book (critical/social/tech determinism for example) and how that theory is supported or not supported by your topic/thesis. Be critical – discuss the potential for harm (and define it) within your topic.
    3. Use the lectures, readings, films, and book materials to backup arguments made in class.
    4. APA Style – pay attention to in-text citations – films have to have special citation as well asarticles, book, etc… Please don’t use “I” in these papers. Only 10% of your citations can be news/blog articles (but if you don’t use any, that is fine as well). Fuchs is required as well to be cited at least once. Remember, you need back-up and citations for the statements you make. You cannot assume a fact is a fact, that trolls are on Twitter and can impact elections etc…thus it is ok to have more than 15 citations, but at minimum 15 citations.
    5. Make sure your topic is not too broad – connect to class material. For instance, don’t just talk about digital labor – talk about an aspect of it within the realm of the course and social media communities.
    6. Organization: Introduction, Body, Conclusion. Have sections for different topics within the body of the paper. Thesis statement needs to be specific and in the introduction section of your paper. Take a stance, defend an argument. Since this is a combination of a research

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paper and a literature review, you can go from argumentative/problem solving to statement based:

The current trend in treatment for congestive heart failure combines surgery and medicine. More and more cultural studies scholars are accepting popular media as a subject worthy of academic consideration.

Schools should provide educational resources for low-income students during the summers so that they don’t forget what they’ve learned throughout the school year.

The rise in populism on the 2016 political stage was in reaction to increasing globalization, the decline of manufacturing jobs, and the Syrian refugee crisis.

Libraries are essential resources for communities and should be funded more heavily by local municipalities.

With more and more teens using smartphones and social media, cyber bullying is on the rise. Cyber bullying puts a lot of stress on many teens, and can cause depression, anxiety, and even suicidal thoughts. Parents should limit the usage of smart phones, monitor their children’s online activity, and report any cyber bullying to school officials in order to combat this problem.

  1. References: APA style reference page and in-text citations. I need at least 4 academic journals, and the rest can be books, .edu, .gov, or reputable nonprofit sources. You can use more than 15 sources, and might with 8-10 pages. Be careful with ordinary websites or .coms/.orgs. You need to remember that you are doing an overview of existing research on your topic.
  2. Focus: Just like a term paper, a literature review is organized around ideas, not just sources. Use themes to support a thesis statement.

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Literature Review Blueprint – Potential Outline inspired via St. Mary’s Writing Lab:

  1. Title Page
  2. Introduction – This will be labeled as your paper title in your actual paper.

1. Define the topic, together with your reason for selecting the topic. You could also point out overall trends, gaps, particular themes etc. Provide a clear explanation of your topic and a thesis statement.

3. Body
1. In the body of the paper you discuss your sources. This is one way you

could organize your discussion.





Each of the 5 topics


4 academic journals


Your definition of social


Your definition of communication


Your definition of social media


Your Theory


Potential for Harm


2. Separate your sources into subsections or themes. 2. Results

  1. Present the results of your review using appropriate subheadings.
  2. Remember that this is a synthesis. Present the major themes ratherthan individual papers.

4. Conclusion:

  1. Draw out the applicability, theoretical and practical implications of thereview findings.
  2. Identify implications/recommendations for practice/research/education/management as appropriate, and consistent with the limitations.
  3. If appropriate, consider whether nursing conceptual or theoreticalframeworks could guide future research about the topic of the review.
  4. Discuss the major contributions, evaluate the current position, and pointout flaws in methodology, gaps in research, contradictions, and areas for

    further study.

5. References

Examples: via University of West Florida

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